1. Are you ready for new? Is 2016 likely to be very different than 2015? Do you want it to be?
As Yoda said: "Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future."
I'd like 2016 to be different from 2015. Mostly because 2015 seemed an awful lot like 2014. I feel like I'm stuck in a loop.
I don't know that I have a single frustration. Grant, I'm in the "technology business" as a professor of computer science. That doesn't mean that I'm a master of all forms of technology --- far from it --- but it does mean that I can usually defeat any problem after enough time and energy have been
The one that jumps out at me is "stakeholder". But that's because I've sat on too many strategic planning and assessment committees, which are all concerned with identifying and listening to "stakeholders". Of course, "stakeholder" then comes to mean "any yutz who thinks they know how to do your job better than you do, but are unwilling to help you do it".
I don't have a goal. Don't get me wrong ... I need to lose weight. But having a goal would imply that I've put a plan in place to do something about it.
Gray can work. I have a gray blazer that my ex-sister-in-law found for me on a garage sale shopping trip once that is really quite nice (though so woolen that I tend to wear it only during the cold months).
As for idioms ... I think "gray area" is the one that appeals the most right now. I'm so tired of reading political attacks on my Facebook wall from partisans on one side or the other of issue, who can't seem to acknowledge that many issues do have legitimate shades of gray.
I don't think we had any of those on New Year's Day ... of course, we were traveling that day, and eating leftovers before we left on our travels. My wife (who comes from Pennsylvania German stock) has a grand tradition of eating sausage and sauerkraut on New Year's Day. (We had it on January 2nd.)
Probably Facebook, if I was honest. Not sure if I'll do anything about it.
Due to an unexpected cleaning project at home, a copy of the classic devotion book My Utmost For His Highest randomly moved to the top of a pile. I've decided to try reading through it this year. I've never been a fan of these sorts of devotion books --- taking a single verse and riffing on it goes against the way I was taught to study the Bible. But the essays have been remarkably thought-provoking so far. We'll see how long this lasts.